With the amount of stuff we keep in our garages, it's easy to see how the space quickly becomes one giant mess. Rather than creating piles of boxes full of miscellaneous items, why not invest in some sturdy shelves to keep things tidy and easily accessible? Not only does it keep your gear off the floor, but it also means you can easily find what you're looking for since everything will be visible. There are a variety of different styles of garage storage shelves to suit your needs. We've rounded up some of the best options below so you can get that garage in order.
Easy to assemble
For a simple, plastic shelving unit, check out this option from Sterilite. It features a rugged tubular design that is easy to assemble without the need for tools and its roughly 18-inch deep shelves leave plenty of space for boxes and loose items.
This AmazonBasics shelving unit offers four wire shelves, each capable of holding up to 350 pounds and being adjustable in 1-inch increments without the need for extra tools. It's an affordable unit that maximizes your vertical space and will fit into most garage configurations easily.
No floor space needed
If you're limited on floor space in your garage, this 2-pack of floating shelves from HyLoft is a wise investment. Each can hold 200 pounds and work great on finished or unfinished walls. Once mounted, you'll have 15-inch by 45-inch of usable shelf space.
The heavy-duty Rubbermaid FastTrack system offers storage hooks, baskets, and shelving to easily organize your garage to your needs. You can add more and different types of storage over time and keep all your gear in view on your garage wall.
With a heavy-duty steel construction that can hold up to 600 pounds, this overhead storage rack is one of the most dependable around. Plus, it's height-adjustable so you can change how far down it drops from the ceiling, from 22 to 40 inches.
This 36-by-14-inch 4-shelf unit has height-adjustable shelves that can hold up to 110 pounds each. The best part is the 3-inch industrial wheels that allow for the whole unit to be moved around your garage with ease. Leveling feet are also included.
For heavy things
This is a super-sturdy storage rack with five adjustable shelves and a 386-pound capacity per tier. It features a rust-proof steel construction with strong MDF shelves, perfect for use in the garage or utility room. A few different sizes are available.
Which to pick?
There's a lot to consider when it comes to a shelving unit for your garage. Importantly, you need to consider the physical space it will reside in order to ensure you have enough floor space for its footprint and vertical space to accommodate its height. You also need to factor in the size and weight of items you intend to store. If you want to start out with an affordable option, we recommend the Sterilite 5-Shelf Storage Unit (opens in new tab) which is easy enough to assemble and sturdy enough for general storage usage, though the Yaheetech Heavy Duty Storage Shelving Unit (opens in new tab) is worth checking out if you know you're going to be storing some seriously heavy items.
If you want something other than a simple rack of shelves or want to keep as much valuable floors space as possible so you can park your car, floating shelves, or something like the customizable Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail (opens in new tab) system would probably be a wiser investment. These allow you to utilize all of your garage's vertical space and keep the ground level clear for other uses.
Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.
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